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Port truck drivers strike for second day

LA Times

Some truck drivers who haul goods from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach struck for the second day Tuesday in a protest against four companies they accuse of wage theft.

Protest organizers said drivers are picketing the trucking yards of Pacific 9 Transportation, Intermodal Bridge Transport, Pacer Cartage and Harbor Rail Transport.

The companies deploy roughly 3.5% of the trucks registered to serve both ports, according to an L.A. port spokesman.

If trucks from the struck companies enter port terminals, picket lines would go up there as well, according to the Teamsters union, which is supporting the drivers.

If dockworkers honor those lines, the flow of goods could grind to a halt. However, when dockworkers stopped work during previous trucker strikes, they were quickly ordered back by an arbitrator.

L.A. and Long Beach port officials said Tuesday morning there was no noticeable impact to cargo flow.

Several hundred drivers walked off the job Monday and most terminals refused to accept trucks from the firms, according to organizers — a decision they said impacted the flow of goods for major retailers.

Drivers also picketed a distribution facility near the U.S.-Mexico border used by Pacer Cartage trucks, organizers said.

The job action is the latest in a series of strikes against harbor-area trucking firms. 

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